Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says they made the game against SuperSport United tough for themselves after missing numerous chances.
Peter Shalulile netted the winner early in the first half, and with chances from both sides coming the Brazilians marched to yet another league win to remain unbeaten at the top of the table.
“I think it was a very tough match, but I think to a certain extend we made it tough. We got some chances that we could have buried, but also credit must be given to them,” Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.
“First three minutes of the game, they got a very good shot from zone 14 in front of our defence. The same first minute second half, they also got a shot in that space.
“On set-pieces they are always a big factor we knew that. A lot of crosses brought into our box, but I think the boys fought very hard.
“We made it difficult for ourselves by not finishing the chances that we got because I think the anxiety started to creep in when we could not terminate our chances and from there we started making some silly mistakes technically in losing the ball.
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“But I think the way we finished was even much better because we started pushing them a little bit higher with Mothobi’s (Mvala) introduction I think we became stronger and stronger in the midfield.
“Pitso also played very well Mkhulise. Unfortunately, we had to substitute him because we realised now it’s either set-pieces and all these crosses that are going to the box and we must bring a player like Ricardo Nascimento to assist us aerially.
“But overall, I think SuperSport gave a very good account of themselves. They really gave us a hard time. (Moses) Waiswa played very well, got some very good snap shots.
“(Thamsanqa) Gabuza was always handy and (Jamie) Webber (was) very instrumental in their attacking play. So one must just appreciate that we got the three points but the truth of the matter it was not an easy one,” he added.